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The US Box Lacrosse Association (USBOXLA), the country’s leading box lacrosse-specific governing body, has added Building Blocks Lacrosse (BBL) as an official sanctioned member.

Based in New Jersey, BBL is an elite lacrosse club and academy, offering a range of classes for novice pre-K students all the way to NCAA DI level recruits, like University of Denver Junior Trevor Baptiste, who trained with BBL and is now playing for USBOXLA co-founder Matt Brown at DU.

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“We’re absolutely thrilled to have BBL as an official sanctioned USBOXLA club,” said USBOXLA co-founder Shaydon Santos. “Their name is well recognized and respected in the region.

“We always want to add quality, forwarding-thinking clubs under the USBOXLA umbrella, and BBL is the definition of that mindset.”

BBL Box Director Tyler Russell feels this new relationship will allow his club to even further their box development and knowledge. “We added box lacrosse to our program a couple of years ago,” he said. “Our players love the sport and it’s clear they’re really benefiting from it.

“I think the most logical step to take our box training to the next level was joining USBOXLA. It really was a no brainer.”

With eight thousand members covering most states, USBOXLA is by far the largest box lacrosse association operating in the country, offering their valued members advantages they won’t find anywhere else.

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“We see the back-end digital resources USBOXLA offers as very beneficial,” said Russell, speaking of USBOXLA’s Backstage PASS – a digitally based sanctioning and educational platform. “We’ll be able to certify our coaches & refs and get additional training through it.

“Plus we’ll have the opportunity to get some great USBOXLA coaches here to provide additional support and knowledge. All of this will help us take that next step and expand what we’ve already started even further.”

Earlier this summer, BBL player Dylan Sebastian competed for Team USBOXLA at the Trevor Wingrove Memorial Tournament in Coquitlam, British Columbia. Does he enjoy playing box lacrosse? “I love it,” said Sebastian, who played for USBOXLA’s bantam group in Canada. “It really plays to all of my strengths: shooting, accurate ball skills, speed and grit.

“Plus, it allows me to take face-offs and get back on defense, which I generally don’t get to do in the larger field game.”

Russell is confident BBL athletes will not only continue loving the sport like Sebastian clearly does, but also continue seeing the in-game benefits box provides. He knows from experience, having been exposed to the indoor game in his youth. “I had a good idea of what it would provide our players,” he said. “I always felt like box benefitted my game as I was growing up, and I see that in our players as well.”

Upcoming BBL box tryouts will be held on October 1 at Central Park of Morris County, Morris Plains, New Jersey. The club is fielding teams for 5/6 grade, 7/8 grade, 9/10 grade, and even an 11/12 grade group. Those interested in attending can email Russell (TRussell@buildingblockslacrosse.com) or visit bblax.com for more information.

“Our reputation in the area for box is definitely growing,” added Russell. “I think now that we’re with USBOXLA, that will help us grow even more.”